Model UN in School:
UNA-MN is more than just advocacy—we support Minnesota educators across the state in the pursuit of great educational programming.
The Model UN app makes it easy to bring simulations to the classroom. Students are given options for how to take action on real-life global issues—both abroad and in their own community.
The app provides learning modules and step-by-step tools meant to engage students with the vital work of the United Nations.
The Model UN app’s lesson plans are given in a 60-minute format and are designed to build a knowledge of the principles of diplomacy, the basics of problem-solving, leadership actions, and public speaking.
Fall 2020 Virtual Model UN
On November 20th, UNA-MN hosted its first virtual Model UN conference, attended by 260 Twin Cities area high school students. The day started with a world trivia challenge hosted by Global Minnesota, followed by a keynote address by Jahan Rifai, a member of the UN75 Secretariat. A native of Jordan and a recent graduate of Columbia University, she provided her vision for another 75 years of UN engagement. The day continued with meetings and breakout sessions where students debated issues and resolutions related to humanitarian relief, the right to self determination, and peace keeping operations, among others. At the conclusion of the conference the hard work of all participants was recognized, with special awards presented for best position papers and delegations.
UNA-MN looks forward to hosting a second virtual conference focused on the International Labor Organization in Spring, 2021.
UNA-MN and the education committee would like to extend a special thanks to Accenture Development Partnerships for a generous contribution which allowed students from Highland Park High School to attend, as well as individual donations that allow all students to attend regardless of financial means.
The Model UN demonstrates for students on a micro level the interconnectedness of all persons and countries. While mastering skills such as speech writing, negotiation, and conflict resolution, students learn how to think critically about global issues and consider them from the perspective of another nation.
For information on getting involved with Model UN, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org